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    Say hello to my newest great-granddaughter and future Falcon fan - Nyomi Ashli Rose, born 11/23/16 with Great-Grandma's help! She's perfectly perfect and perfectly beautiful and mother and daughter are amazingly well! And I - am in love - all over again!
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    http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Falcons-Alum-Kerney-Analyzes-Beasleys-Progress/389cfa39-f345-4fc9-9157-a5592489bc72 Falcons alumnus Patrick Kerney, who tallied 58 sacks in eight seasons with Atlanta, has a story that, in many ways, is similar to Vic Beasley's. Both were first round picks. Both dealt with challenging adjustments during the early portion of their NFL careers. And both worked through adversity to become reliable pass rushers. In a follow-up to an interview from February, Kerney spoke with AtlantaFalcons.com about Beasley's progress this year. Andrew Hirsh: Thanks for taking the time to chat. Now that we’re more than halfway through the season, how would you evaluate Beasley’s performance so far in 2016? Patrick Kerney: He’s been operating much more intelligently. That’s the best way to sum it up. I’ve yet to see him line up seven yards outside the tackle. He’s obviously done the math on the shortest distance between two points. That makes me wonder — he’s got a pretty wise teammate now in Dwight Freeney, who is as fast as any pass rusher who has ever played. He probably made (Beasley) aware that if you start too far away, no matter how fast you are, you’re just not going to get there. Also, he’s reconciled with the fact that he has to address the hands of the blocker. A lot of young guys who come to the NFL who run well are under the impression that they are so fast that they can sprint past the offensive tackle, sprint left or sprint right and be after the quarterback. The physics and geometry dictate that it’s just not really possible to sprint past the offensive tackle to take the edge. It just doesn’t work. So Vic has realized that something has to be done with the hands. AH: When you first entered the NFL, you had a star pass rusher as a teammate in Chuck Smith. Based on your experience, how much does it help someone like Beasley to have a mentor like Freeney? PK: To reference Chuck, he was a guy early in my career who believed in — and still professionally believes in — the art of pass rushing, as well as the science of it. Dwight handles himself in that same level of professionalism in terms of really honing his craft. It’s why he’s one of the best pass rushers to ever play. Having that influence around someone like Vic at the player level where there is no barrier in terms of management vs. labor or anything like that, when it’s within the fraternity, it makes a big difference. It reduces any doubt in terms of the intentions of the advice. Dwight is obviously an incredibly proven guy. Dan Quinn and I are friends, and this spring he said, “I’d love to have you down some time to talk to our D-line about the pass rush," but when they signed Dwight, I was like, “You don’t need me to talk to your guys anymore.” AH: Quinn recently told the media that Vic has done a good job preparing for and adjusting to each offensive tackle he’s set to face in a given week. How critical is it for pass rushers to study opponents? PK: You can’t overstate the importance of understanding the opponent. Not only from an individual standpoint, but also from an offensive coordinator’s standpoint and how they run their protections. You can pick up sacks just based on tendencies and how teams run protection — where the center’s going in relation to the back, and what that then means for how the tackle is going to be set. It’s sort of a domino effect in terms of, "The center is doing this, that means the guard is going to set this way, which means the tackle is going to move this way." A lot of critics were saying Vic needs to put on 10 pounds, 15 pounds. I said no. It’s neck up stuff for him. And I see evidence that that’s (developed), and the numbers reflect it. AH: When we last spoke, you mentioned the value of having a “power rusher” inside. It seems like Grady Jarrett has been that guy in 2016. PK: I’ve definitely seen Grady supply that pressure up the middle so the quarterback just can’t step up. The quarterback can either get smacked in the chest by Grady or stand back and risk getting struck from behind by Vic. The sack-strip Vic had (in Philadelphia) — think about that, the way he reached from the tackle and stripped the ball. With less interior pressure, that’s literally three inches from not being a sack. That’s not even one shuffle step, that’s just (being able to) lean forward with no sense of interior pressure. No sack, no fumble, no change of possession. So that’s how we all work together in a pass rush. It’s showing through for Vic. AH: What do you think he needs to do at this point to improve? PK: Probably the biggest key to improvement is a philosophical one. Just understanding that no matter what type of numbers he ends up with this season or what accolades he receives, the effort is never over. The effort for improvement is never over. No one’s ever played a perfect game, no one’s ever rushed the passer perfectly. Continuing to develop an understanding of how to improve himself — that’s a never-ending journey.
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    Matt Has done what he's needed to do in those situations this year. No call on Julio against Seattle, No call on Julio against SD, Julio dropping the ball vs the Eagles. Matt has done what he's needed to do in those late drives, the recievers and refs need to do their jobs too.
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    Its been 8 years since ive seen members of the right use the stock market as a measure of anything political. Good times.
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    1-0... ...for the about the next six weeks in a row.
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    Yep Not easy for the offense to learn Year 1 Not easy for opposing defenses to try and defend Year 2
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    Adorable. My wife had our kid on the 19th as well. Right on time for Thanksgiving too! Congrats
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    So with everything that has been going on I figured I would start a Thanksgiving thread....let's talk about what you are thankfull for and what you are having for dinner. For me I am thankful my girlfriend who is one of the kindest and most well meaning people I have ever met.... and now that she is out of room...........I am thankful that the falcons are still relevant!! For dinner we will be at her family's house with the typical stuff....I am making home made cranberry chutnee and home made green been casarol with bacon and criminiI and Portobello mushrooms.
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    Last years team started 5-0. This years team started 0-1. There's the difference. We got the 1st loss out the way. This years 6-4 is absolutely NOTHING like last years 6-4 because we were 1-4 in that span. I'd rather a team be battle tested losing a few games than being undefeated and let down in the playoffs. We were minus in the turnover differential last year. We are plus this year. Many many clues to let you know it's not the same 6-4 and it's really ridiculous to think to two are the same.
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    Today is a day to come together, drop the agendas and just be grateful for all we have. I've traveled the world and seen so much suffering, disease and grinding poverty and know how blessed we ALL are to live in this country despite its imperfections. I've been to Africa several times bringing food and had starving children screaming at me for a single slice of white bread. We are so fortunate here in the US. Happy Thanksgiving my brothers and sisters
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    Nah, the Saints just lost, so they can't be the team to take the division from us. Tampa just won so obviously they're going to be the ones to go on a run, and take the division this time. I'm still waiting for the Panthers to win a couple, so they can be the team that's going to take the division.
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    Go ahead......you can tell one another I was spot on all along! That said, it's still only one game, and it simply showed how much work you have to do, and hopefully most will quit paying attention to the nonsense Gazoo keeps feeding you about your team. We won, and I could just see all the work the Bucs need. Smitty's defense isn't nearly as good as I thought it would be coming outta the gate. I also saw that Quinn's isn't anywhere near defensive coach Gazoo keeps telling you he is. Dirk knew exactly how to attack that Cover 3.
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    I guess you can explain it from a technical stand point but that isn't what makes Julio great in my opinion. There have been plenty of physically gifted dudes in the league who have never panned out. It's the guys who have the hunger to be great who make it. Now when you get a guy with the physical gifts that Julio has to go along with that hunger/drive....well then you see greatness. I was talking to my cousin about this today. As a Falcon fan I'm willing to go ahead and say this is the best receiver play we're going to see in our lifetimes. Julio isn't just ahead of the curve on his physical abilities as he's also ahead of the curve on how dedicated he is to his craft. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy it myself because I truly believe we'll never see the two things, drive plus physical talent, cross paths so perfectly again.
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    Outsiders might browse this place for a few minutes and declare it little more than a lunatic asylum. And of course they'd be right. But hey, it's OUR lunatic asylum and after a few decades it seems perfectly normal to me. Now it's the outside world that seems totally crazy. Happy Thanksgiving to everybody here, and family, friends and all faithful followers of the Red and Black.
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    Yea it's wonderful to have a day we can be thankful for all of our bounties. It's great to be in a place where we can be grateful that we do have things but most important is to be thankful for family and friends--even our TATF friends. Things come and go but family and friends are most precious --hold them dear.
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    Happy Thanksgiving everybody! We have been through a lot this year, both as a nation and as individuals, but I am so thankful to be living in a country where we can agree to disagree and still be friends, I really feel that we are family (Yes including the crotchety old Uncle and I'm really not sure what Aunt Mae put in this casserole); and when the chips are down, we all really care about each other. I love you guys
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    Like everyone else, I'm thankful for family, friends, etc. But I'm also thankful for my adopted sons birth mother. She's led a rough life, dealt with substance abuse, made countless poor decisions, but she did something for my wife and I that we couldn't have otherwise done. Thankful is an understatement.
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    Posted 6 hours ago Andrew Hirsh atlantafalcons.com Twitter During conference calls with the Atlanta media, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald discussed their upcoming battle against the Falcons. Head coach Bruce Arians On Atlanta’s offensive success: “They’re running the ball extremely well. It sets up a lot of really good play-action where (Matt Ryan) has good protection and had Julio (Jones) running down the field and making big plays. I think they’ve done a great job on long plays and taken some short ones to the house. It all starts with running the football really well.” On Dan Quinn’s defense: "It’s extremely solid. They have a really good front. Obviously they’ve got some pass rushers off the edge. They’ve got some young guys who have a lot of speed." On Dwight Freeney, who played in Arizona last year, being a mentor to young players: “That’s Dwight’s forte. He (helps out) young guys and does a great job with Markus Golden and a couple of our young guys here last year. And he’s just an ultimate pro.” Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald On Atlanta’s revamped defense: "You see a lot of talent. They get (Desmond) Trufant back this week. They have some elite pass rushers and some great interior players, really fast, flowing linebackers. You see a defense that is really opportunistic. So we have our hands full playing in a hostile environment, playing against a top-ranked offense too, so you know you have to score points." On Desmond Trufant’s ability at cornerback: “Watching him on tape, I see so many similarities – I had a chance to play against his brother for many years when he was in Seattle, Marcus Trufant. And Des is probably a little quicker and faster than his big brother. He’s great at recognizing and reading a route. He understands leverages and has tremendous ball skills. And he really can accelerate to the ball on deep balls. I remember playing against him a few years back. I had him on a post route and he closed the gap so quickly. So he’s got elite speed. Him and Alford – they are tremendously talented.” On what makes Julio Jones so good: “Coach (Shanahan’s) system is not an easy system. When I watch him on tape – I watch every single route Julio runs; our film crew puts (tape) together, so I watch everything that he runs – you’re never going to find him in the same spot. There are so many personnel groupings. They’re going to move him around; they’re going to put him in motion. So, it’s very difficult for you to game plan to stop him because he’s never in the same place. They move him around. They do a great job of getting him matched up on ‘backers when teams are in base defense and things of that nature. Aside from his freakishly unbelievable, God-given ability, in terms of running and quickness, he’s very intelligent to be able to digest everything that coach has him doing in terms of the formations and where he’s aligned. And then, obviously, his physical gifts are able to take over at that point.” http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Larry-Fitzgerald-Explains-What-Makes-Julio-So-Good/603d9578-4ab1-4b61-b75b-54d2664129af
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    I do wholeheartedly agree about any Russian propaganda that is proved to be so. What you seem unwilling to accept is some of us do not place the same level of trust (putting it mildly) in American news outlets as you do. I do not trust CNN at all. I think that there are liars, propagandists, and rank hypocrites permeating and infecting that **** show of a network from top to bottom. This is usually where you go off the rails, but save it. They've earned every bit of the scorn and distrust I hold for them a thousand times over. They even know and worry that they've gone too far, but that ship has long since sailed. I'm not telling you to not trust them, but I won't be told that I should, and to have the burden of proof laid upon me to ferret out instances of their dishonesty is just not something I'm willing to do anymore because as I've stated before, whom can we trust to accurately report such instances? Those who do are dismissed as right wing "not news" sites, so I'm just tired of the merry go round. You get your news from those you trust, and I'll get it from who I semi, sometimes trust, and that ain't CNN or the New York Times. I do see this as something of an impasse, because I distrust those outlets that you trust probably every bit as much as you do sites like The Drudge Report. To pretend otherwise would be disingenuous, but the thing is, they lost that trust through their actions. I didn't just take it away. You can tell me to take my tinfoil hat off or whatever, but I'm not exactly alone in reaching this conclusion. Again, they've earned every bit of this
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    I have a feeling that this will be a fun game to watch. I had initially planned to be in town to attend this one, but out of town travel filled up my schedule, so I'll be in the sports bar down the street watching it. I hope the home town crowd shows up for this one, and makes their presence felt. This is a big game.
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    You need to go back before the Season started and find the thread where we predicted before the Regular season started. I think i had 11-5....
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    He can only do so much. If he had a monster DT in front of him to anchor the line then he could probably flow to the ball carrier much easier but the staff seems to prefer lightweight DTs.
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    Had to share this here. Mom does this every Thanksgiving, homemade 20 layer chocolate cake!
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    to all. lets remember today is a day of unity. there is enough in life dividing us. the falcons help bring us together. happy thanksgiving and thanks to all the men and women that protect the freedoms we enjoy so that we may enjoy this day with our loved ones.
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    Man Dallas got a good looking offensive line. That's what zone blocking is supposed to look like. Interesting that Bill Callahan who built their line is on the other sideline today. Washington's line has been playing well lately too, and that's without Trent Williams.
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    VB jr is ahead of the curve IMHO. I wanted ATL to draft him above all others and he hasn't disappointed. Played through injury and bossed when healthy...thanks DF.
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    One more season under Freeney's guiding hand and Beastly will be a certified ninja QB assassin.
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    As your brother pointed out, Alt-right is quickly becoming a meaningless, catch-all pejorative like neocon was ten years ago.
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    No one can be the "new" Matty Ice, b/c that's his nickname, and one that was given to him in college. It's the same reason why people are idiots when they say that Matt Bryant is the "real" Matty Ice. Neither make any sense.
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    I could have alot of fun redirecting that question back to the misses if I were him
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    I think there is among most people. I don't think anyone wants Russia influencing our elections regardless of how much schadenfreude comes from it. But I also agree that it's not like this started with this electoral cycle. You can't brush past the very real issues that things like fake news reveal -- there IS a huge distrust in most of America toward the news media, Hollywood, etc. There just is. That Russian interests may have tapped into that distrust to influence an election here may be a convenient distraction (and I don't think anyone has said "OMG Trump wouldn't have won but for THIS," AND we know leftists have been involved in spreading fake news too). But take away Russia's supposed influence and all the fake news sites and everything else and you're still left with a problem. It seems to me instead of lashing out for boogeymen to blame, the media might take a look at itself and ask why people trust fake news more than them. Hollywood might take a look in the mirror and ask why people in the heartland look at them with disdain. The distrust is real, and it comes from the way media covers things in this country. The media and Hollywood foster discontent and divisiveness for ratings. The media and Hollywood take sides that go against what most Americans believe on a range of issues. I am convinced it is more for money than principle, though I think it self-evident that most in the media and Hollywood are also leftists, so there is some degree of inherent bias there too. Then the media and Hollywood wring all their collective hands when the rest of the country says "gee, this fake news site seems more credible to me than you do." Is that an outrageous result? Sure it is. Is it going to help matters for the NYT, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, etc., to blame the people whose trust they betrayed? Doubtful. You want trust, you have to be trustworthy. The media hasn't been that for 30 years. Adding Fox News in for the "other side" so to speak hasn't changed that. If anything, it's made it worse. A few pages back I posted a long discussion about how middle America looks at politics. I think it would do some of these folks some good to go spend some time in little country towns, IF they'd do it with an open mind. But they won't. Because their elitism won't let them. And that's why their side lost this election and that even is just a symptom of the real problem -- they have a side to begin with. You can't look down your nose with disdain on the vast majority of the country and then express shock and outrage when those people no longer trust you to provide better news than a fake news site.
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    Who knows at this point. Main wild card is Alford. They really need Collins to prove himself first
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all my Falcon family and all my NFL rival family and all my NFL fan family! Go Falcons - don't eat too much now - you have to Rise Up on Sunday!
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    I love it. I remember a few years ago everyone was saying there's no need to draft a back in the top ten, that it was an interchangeable position. I love what Dallas has done with their team. Running is the essence of football.
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    Hold on...I think I've got something in my eye...
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    Why not? Democrats used cooked unemployment numbers as evidence of their success over their last 8 years. Then had the nerve to be shocked when the rust belt told them to get bent.
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    Pretty spot on. I do like my memes and MAGA hat.
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